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Upcoming Seminar: Maine Gateways to International Trade

CASTINE, Maine – The Student Business Logistics Association (SBLA) of the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics will host a logistics and transportation seminar this spring. Set for Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 250 Haskell Road, Bangor, “Maine’s Gateways to International Trade” will focus on Maine as a rising gateway for international trade. The seminar will target methods to enhance Maine’s position in the flow of future global trade, gain strategic positioning in the global marketplace, and maximize corridors and infrastructure to better facilitate Maine exports and imports. Presentations will seek to assess Maine ports and transportation corridors, identify ways to further trade flows to and from Maine, and establish an attainable vision for future trade, logistics, and international marine transportation in 2030. The seminar, co-sponsored by the Maine International Trade Center (MITC), Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC), and the Maine Maritime Academy Propeller Club, is open to the public by advance registration.

The seminar will open with keynote speech on “Maine Ports: An Improving Resource for International Trade,” by John Henshaw, executive director of the Maine Port Authority. An expert panel will follow with discussion of how their organizations use Maine ports and their perspective on opportunities for the future. Confirmed panelists include Jim Therriault, vice president at Sprague Energy, and Craig Starnes, director of logistics at L.L. Bean. A luncheon presentation by Alexander Kuznetsov, a visiting professor at Maine Maritime Academy from Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, will provide expert insight ways Maine can learn from port operations in the European Union and Russia.

Following lunch, panelists Percy Pyne, chairman of American Feeder Lines, and Robert Grinrod, president of Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic Railway, will discuss the contemporary and future roles of their companies as service providers for Maine’s ports. The seminar will conclude with a perspective on the global maritime environment in 2030 by Gerhardt Muller, a retired professor at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The author of Intermodal Freight Transportation (Eno Transportation Foundation, Lansdowne, VA, 1995), Muller is a contributing member of the Columbia University study on “Marine Transportation 2030.”

The cost of attendance at “Maine’s Gateways to International Trade” is $75.00 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registrants are encouraged to arrive at 9 a.m. for professional networking. The seminar will begin at 9:30. For additional information and to register, please visit and click on the icon for “Maine’s Gateway to International Trade.”


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